REAL SALT LAKE GAMEDAY EVENTS: SATURDAY, MARCH 26 v. L.A. GALAXY
Rio Tinto Stadium’s Opening Game of 2011 MLS Season Launches with Carnival Real at 5:00 p.m., Kickoff at 7:00 p.m.;
First 10,000 Supporters through the Gates to Receive Free RSL 2011 Magnet Schedule;
RSL to Honor Memory of Copper Hills H.S. Player Jose Ceballos during Pre-Game Ceremony;
Winner to be Decided in First-ever “RSL Fan Food Challenge”
After a soaked and stalwart season-opening victory at San Jose last week, Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.) will welcome one of its main Western Conference rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy (1-0-1, 4 pts.), to Rio Tinto Stadium for the first home game of its 2011 MLS season tomorrow, Saturday, March 26. Kickoff for the battle between last season’s top finishers in the MLS Supporters Shield race is set for 7:00 p.m. MT, and the first 10,000 RSL supporters through the gates will be rewarded with a free 2011 magnet schedule to commemorate the start of the new League season in Sandy.
Tickets for this highly-anticipated showdown are limited, so fans are encouraged to head to www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com to purchase their seats immediately. In addition, patrons can also visit the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and beginning at 10:00 a.m. MT on gameday to secure their seats for the match.
Ring in the Start of the Season Starting at 5:00 p.m. with Carnival Real
Fans and families are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday, as the good times and giveaways that are always a part of the Carnival Real pre-game festival will begin on the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium two hours before kickoff at 5:00 p.m. MT. Saturday’s Carnival Real celebration will feature music from the School of Rock Show Band on the main Carnival stage in addition to booths and displays hosted by several of RSL’s partners, including:
Mountain America Credit Union (“Accuracy Kick” challenge), KFC (“Bucket Brigade” giveaway), Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), XanGo (free samples), Budweiser, Wasatch Property (“Real Nation” sign-up), Check City, and Verizon Wireless.
When gates at Rio Tinto Stadium open to the masses at 6:00 p.m., fans will also have the chance to visit the Comcast and “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” booths, located on the Stadium’s North Concourse. On the Northeast Concourse, fans can interact with hosts Spencer Checketts and Trey Fitz-Gerald during the ESPN 700 Pre-game Show and visit the RSL 2011 Season Ticket Headquarters booth to ensure their spot at Rio Tinto Stadium for the rest of this season’s exciting slate of matches.
RSL to Honor Memory of Copper Hills H.S. & Blue Knights SC Player Jose Ceballos during Pre-Game Ceremony
Prior to Saturday night’s kickoff, Real Salt Lake will honor the memory of Jose Ceballos, a member of the Copper Hills H.S. and Blue Knights SC soccer teams who tragically lost his life as the result of an automobile accident this past January. Utah’s MLS side will welcome the Ceballos family and his Copper Hills teammates for the match, and will hold a moment of silence on behalf of the 17-year-old. In addition to being a standout teammate on the soccer field, Ceballos was just as impactful off of it, having served as a tutor for elementary school students in math and English as part of the Latinos in Action service group and serving as a shining role model at Copper Hills and in the West Jordan community.
Judges to Decide Winner of First-ever “RSL Fan Food Challenge” on Saturday
Real Salt Lake’s first annual “Fan Food Challenge” will culminate in the build-up to Saturday’s kickoff against Los Angeles, when the recipes of the three finalists – Andrew Layne, Sean Penman and Andrea Shelley – will be scrutinized by a trio of judges headed by Salt Lake Tribune food writer Kathy Stephenson. One of the following three scrumptious creations from these RSL fans will have the honor of hitting the Levy Restaurants concession menu at Rio Tinto Stadium throughout the 2011 season, beginning with RSL’s next home contest on April 13 against Colorado:
- Potato Skin Popper (Andrew Layne)
- Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (Andrea Shelley)
- Cuban Sandwich (Sean Penman)
RSL Team Store Geared up for Big Weekend!
If you haven’t been to the RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium lately, you’ll like what’s in store, as the merchandise headquarters for all things Claret-and-Cobalt now has more inventory than ever for RSL fans big and small in advance of the 2011 season! To get ready for the big game this weekend, the RSL Team Store will host a live remote of ESPN 700’s Bill & Spence Show on Friday afternoon from 2:00-6:00 p.m., with exclusive specials during the show including at least 20% off the RSL size 5 adidas soccer ball ($15), youth jacket ($30), RSL Climacool polo ($30) and long-sleeve performance T-shirt ($25).
On Saturday it’s all about the scarves, as the brand-new set of four 2011 RSL Championship collection scarves – designating home (red), away (white), third kit (gold), and retro (black) – will be available collectively for $80 or individually for $30 (RSL Season Ticket Holders can use their 25% discount on the individual price). In addition, fans that “Like” the Facebook Fan Page of RSL partner Mountain America Credit Union and can take advantage of a special coupon for Saturday’s match, good for $5 off the purchase of the RSL size 5 adidas soccer ball and entry into a sweepstakes for a $100 VISA gift card.
To see the expanded line of merchandise for men, women and children of all sizes, visit the RSL Team Store during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and make sure to visit the RSL Team Store page on RealSaltLake.com for news on when the latest RSL items will be hitting the shelves. If you have any questions, feel free to dial up the RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888.
Miss the Lines, Not the Game with RSLexpress!
The best way to “get your snack on” at every Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium is through the RSLexpress in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia. Returning for another season beginning with Saturday’s game against the Galaxy, Mangia is making your life easier by offering a quick and convenient way for you to get your food – there’s no need to waste time in lines and you won’t have to wait until halftime anymore!
RSLexpress allows fans to purchase food, drinks, and merchandise using their mobile phone, with their order being delivered directly to their seat in just minutes! It’s easy to use RSLexpress, and creating an account is free – just visit www.RSLexpress.com to start enjoying in-seat delivery from a mobile device. For instructions on ordering from an iPhone, the mobile web, or via text message, visit Mangia’s “How To” page, or call 877-762-6442.
U.S. Army Medic Nick Moore to Be Honored as Saturday’s RSL/American Express “Hero Among Us”
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize United States Army Medic Nick Moore as the lead-off recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” award during the second year of the community recognition program. A husband and father of two, Moore is currently stationed in Fort Carson, Colo., and will be leaving on his first deployment overseas later this spring after making the tough and valiant decision to put others’ lives before his own by enlisting in the military a year ago.
Nick’s wife, Angela, says that the two greatest loves in his life are his family and Real Salt Lake, so it only makes sense that he requested to spend his last day of leave with his family at Saturday’s match against Los Angeles at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake and American Express were more than happy to oblige the request and are honored to recognize Moore for his unselfish act of service and charity by making him the first of several “Heroes Among Us” this 2011 season.
For more information on the Real Salt Lake/American Express “Heroes Among Us” program, including details on how to nominate candidates for the 2011 season and biographies of last season’s recipients, visit the “Heroes Among Us” page under the “Community” section of www.RealSaltLake.com. In addition, candidate submissions can be returned via email to heroesamongus@RealSaltLake.com, fax to 801-727-1469, or mail to the address below:
Rio Tinto Stadium
Attn: Heroes Among Us/Shannon Stearns
9526 State Street
Sandy, Utah 84070
Saturday’s Group & Guest Recognitions
- OhMyCrafts.com “Mom of the Match” – Marsi VandenBos
- Starting XI “Dream Team” – Wasatch Soccer Club
- Ball Kids – Wasatch Soccer Club
- RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us” – Nick Moore
- U.S. Bank Little Leo of the Game – Jake Scheffner
- RSL “Goal Gong” Ringer – jetBlue winner James Clarke
- Pre-game Verizon Wireless “Parade of Kings” participants – Wasatch Soccer Club
- Recognized Groups: Family & Friends of Jose Ceballos, Wasatch Soccer Club